Billionaire fashion mogul Anders Holch Povlsen suffer irreparable personal losses in Easter Day attacks
The billionaire is the fashion tycoon behind online clothing retailer Asos and Denmark’s richest man lost three of his four children in the devastating terror attacks in Sri Lanka
Fashion mogul Povlsen, 46, was with his family on vacation in Sri Lanka when suicide bombers struck, killing at least 290 on April 21
Povlsen along with his wife Anne Storm, and all of his four children Alma, Astrid, Agnes and Alfred, were present, but it is not known which have died
Anders Holch Povlsen is the second largest private landowner in the UK and biggest shareholder in Asos, previously said he planned to leave large estate to children so they could continue his rewilding project
Eight blasts ripped through landmarks around the capital Colombo, and on Sri Lanka’s east coast, targeting Christians, hotel guests and foreign tourists yesterday
At least 290 people were killed and 500 wounded after eight explosions rocked hotels and churches
The blasts, mostly around Colombo, have killed at least 39 foreigners including four Americans
Sri Lanka has blamed attack on National Thowheed Jamaath [NTJ], who were subject of intelligence warning
Billionaire Anders Holch Povlsen, [photo], the fashion tycoon behind online clothing retailer Asos, was with his family on vacation in Sri Lanka when suicide bombers struck, killing at least 290 people on Sunday
After the blasts ripped through landmarks around the capital Colombo, and on Sri Lanka’s east coast, targeting Christians, hotel guests and foreign tourists yesterday.
290 people were killed and more than 500 people were wounded.
The government f Sri Lanka has attributed the terror attack to
the National Thowheed Jamaath (NTJ), a relatively unknown radical Islamist group said to have formed in Kattankudy, a Muslim-dominated town in eastern Sri Lanka, in 2014.
Prior to Sunday’s attack, it has no history of mass fatality attacks. Before yesterday’s bombings, their main claim to fame was being linked to vandalising of Buddhist statues.
By Monday morning it was revealed that billionaire ASOS owner Anders Holch Povlsen lost three of his four children in the Sri Lanka terror attacks on Easter Sunday
A spokesman for Povlsen, Denmark’s richest man who also owns a huge estate in Scotland, confirmed the deaths but did not say which of his four children had been killed.
The billionaire had been on holiday with his family for the Easter holidays but he, his partner, and one of his children survived.
Just days before the devastating attacks, one of Povlsen’s children, Alma, shared a holiday snap of her siblings Astrid, Agnes and Alfred, next to a pool.
Just days before the devastating attacks, one of Povlsen’s children, Alma, shared a snap of her three siblings Astrid, Agnes and Alfred, next to a pool.
I can confirm that three children have been killed. We have no further comment and we ask that the family’s privacy is respected at this time,” Jesper Stubkier, communications manager for Holch Povlsen’s wholesale clothing business, Bestseller, told the Press Association.
As well as Denmark’s richest man, Povlsen is believed to be the largest landowner in Scotland after buying a string of historic estates.
He and his wife, Anne Storm Pedersen, hold an estimated 200,000 acres of the Highlands, and plan to ‘rewild’ the landscape to preserve it for future generations, according to the Guardian.
Povlsen previously revealed he planned to leave his estate to his children so they could continue his 200-year vision for ‘rewilding’ the land long after he was gone.
Sri Lankan officials said Monday that the death toll had reached 290 and the number of injured also rose to more than 500.
Sri Lankan officials said a total of 24 suspects had been arrested, and are blaming a local terror group, National Thowfeek Jamaath.
US Secretary of State Pompeo said Sunday that “several US citizens” were among those killed.
Blaming the little-known Islamist group called National Thowheed Jamaath [NTJ], for the terrorist attacks, Sri Lankan officials said that the organisation had ‘international help’, raising fears that ISIS was involved.
Islamist extremist material has been recovered from a hotel room allegedly used by the suspects in the Sri Lanka hotel bombings.
Sri Lankan security forces approach the site after a vehicle parked near St. Anthony’s shrine exploded.
The seven bombers authorities said coordinated their attacks targeting five-star hotels and churches on Easter Sunday in an apparent deliberate attempt to target westerners and Christians.
In total 39 foreigners have been confirmed dead including four Americans, two joint UK-US nationals and a number of Dutch, Turkish, Australian and Portuguese citizens.
Also among the confirmed dead were tourists having breakfast at the Shangri-La hotel in Colombo when two suicide bombers walked in and blew themselves up. At 10.10am local time Sunday April 21, witnesses report that two churches in Sri Lanka were hit by explosions as worshippers gathered on Easter Sunday.
The historic St Anthony’s Shrine in Colombo and St Sebastian’s Church in Negombo are among those reported to have been hit.Later updated to reveal that there had been six closely-timed attacks at three churches and three hotels and that suicide bombers may have been involved in at least two of the blasts.
Casualties initially were put at 129 people dead and more than 500 have been taken to hospital after blasts at the six sites, according to a Sri Lanka state-run newspaper.
Huge family grief: Anders Povlsen, [right] met his wife Anne Storm Pedersen, [left], met when Anne began working in sales for Bestseller. The couple shared four children
The Sri Lankan government spokesperson said: ‘We do not believe these attacks were carried out by a group of people who were confined to this country. There was an international network without which these attacks could not have succeeded.’
The NTJ were the subject of an intelligence warning ten days before the attacks. The warning said they were planning attacks on churches and the Indian high commission.
Police sources confirmed that the terrorists who targeted the Shangri La hotel had ‘pamphlets and paraphernalia’ associated with extremist Islamic ideology in their hotel room.
The killers had checked into room 616, where investigators also found two iPhone chargers.
Detectives told local media that the Shangri-La blast was a result of at least 55lbs of C-4 plastic explosives, though the conclusions await formal confirmation by a Government analyst.
Sri Lankan Police officers inspects a blast spot at the Shangri-la hotel in Colombo a day after a bomb ripped through the building on Easter Sunday
Povlsen, 46, is married to Anne Storm Pedersen. The pair met when Anne began working in sales for Bestseller.
The pair have 11 Scottish estates, and a castle, covering an astonishing 221,000 acres. He is Britain’s biggest private landowner, surpassing the Dukes of Atholl with 144,000 acres and the Prince of Wales, who owns 130,000 acres.
He began building this ever-growing property portfolio 12 years ago, in the autumn of 2006. In the vision, Povlsen said he planned to pass the estate along to his four children and that they would continue his work.
His father, Troels, began his fashion empire with a single store in 1975. Povlsen now employs 15,000 people and owns brands such as Jack & Jones and Vero Moda, along with almost 30 per cent of ASOS.
Its success has helped him build a fortune estimated at £5.4 billion.
Povlsen and his wife live at Constantinsborg, a neo-classical former royal palace near Aarhus. The couple send their four children to state schools.
In a statement, Bestseller’s spokesperson Jesper Stubkier said: ‘I can confirm that three children have been killed.
‘We have no further comment and we ask that the family’s privacy is respected at this time.’
A woman living near St. Anthony’s shrine in Colombo, Sri Lanka, cradles her infant, after Sundays blast
Relatives mourn around the coffin of 12-year-old Sneha Savindi, one of the victims of Easter Sunday bombing at St. Sebastian Church
Sources in the Muslim community in Sri Lanka claim the group has publicly supported Islamic State. They also say that Zahran Hashim, named in reports as one of the bombers, was its founder.
Authorities said 24 people have been arrested and that they were hunting for links between the group and foreign backers.
‘We don’t see that only a small organisation in this country can do all that,’ cabinet member Rajitha Senaratne said.
NTJ secretary Abdul Razik has been arrested several times on charges of inciting religious unrest.
In January, Sri Lankan security forces discovered 100 kilogrammes of high explosives and 100 detonators near a remote wildlife park.
While no group was accused, authorities said four Muslim radicals had been detained.
Major questions are now being asked over whether Sri Lankan police did enough to head off fears of suicide attacks on churches.
Sri Lanka’s police chief issued a warning on April 11, saying a ‘foreign intelligence agency’ had reported NTJ was planning attacks on churches and the Indian high commission.
Authorities inspect St. Sebastian’s Church in Negombo, Sri Lankan after the Easter Day bombings
A crime scene official inspects the site of a bomb blast inside a church in Negombo, Sri Lanka, which lost half its roof tiles with the force of the blast
An explosion went off in a van near one of the churches attacked as bomb squad officials attempted to defuse it on Monday.
The explosion happened around 50 metres from the St Anthony’s Shrine, one of three churches targeted in a string of suicide bombs.
A six-foot pipe bomb was later found by air force personal on a routine patrol at the country’s main airport Bandaranaike International, also known as Katunayake Airport or Colombo International.
‘A PVC pipe which was six feet in length containing explosives in it was discovered,’ Air Force Spokesman Gihan Seneviratne told the Sri Lankan Sunday Times.
The airport was put ‘on lockdown’ while the security forces examined and detonated the device, according to reports from the scene.
It’s not clear what kind of detonation method or target was planned, but Air Force Group Captain Gihan Seneviratne said the bomb was large enough to have caused damage to a 400-meter radius.
Sri Lankan authorities also found 87 bomb detonators in the capital earlier today. Police spokesman Ruwan Gunasekaran said police found 12 detonators scattered at the main bus depot and hours later found another 75 detonators at a garbage dump in the same area.
Yesterday morning, six bombs went off in quick succession before another two blasts two hours later in Sri Lanka’s worst violence since the end of its decades-long civil war in 2009.
Three of the near-simultaneous blasts targeted worshippers attending Easter services on the holiest day in the Christian calendar.